Season 17 is shaping up for an exciting finish. I’m trying to maintain the sense of momentum and excitement in myself, but it’s a bit of a struggle at times. I have a feeling that the rest of August will be like wading through treacle.
My football gaming is assuming its typical late-summer pattern: patchy. I often need to summon up the enthusiasm to play, rather than have it automatically available to me, on tap and ready to go.
Still, every time I do take a day or two off the game and then come back, I’m always amazed by how good PES2012 feels to play. Just knocking the ball around at the back is a total pleasure. About 3-4 weeks from now I’ll almost certainly be setting the game aside for good. I’ll do so with a lot of warm feelings and happy memories.
In the meantime, I have got the remainder of the current season to try to win a title and the Champions League. Any lingering dreams of a PES2012 Treble will have to wait. Focus on what I can win now, not what I might win next season.
I lost another match, badly, at home against Man City, 0-3. They caught me cold in this one. I’d had a whole day off, doing other things, and the CPU was just too fast, fancy, and free-flowing for me to cope with. I felt like a total noob at times as the AI danced around all my challenges. One of those games. This was my worst defeat for some time.
I took a couple of good wins over lesser teams. Chelsea, for one. I beat them 2-1 with another sensational late winner from Forlan—a one-on-one, which Forlan seems to be particualrly good at.
My one-on-one policy has changed in PES2012. I got so sick of the ball just going straight at the keeper that I’ve started to take one-on-ones very early—much too early sometimes—because only when shooting from a long way can I slide the ball into the corner of the net where I’m aiming. PES2013 only has to get shooting right and it’ll already be well in credit with me.
So I have mere weeks left of PES2012. That should be enough time to finish the current season, and play at least one more season, possibly two.
August is a funny month. It’s really been 7 years since I was actively involved in a PES at this time. There was PES6(360) a few years ago, but I didn’t start playing that until the summer months, so it doesn’t really count.
I feel restless and a little bored with PES2012, most of the time, I have to confess. As if I’ve sucked all the juice from it that I’m ever going to get.